Brigitta is a yoga instructor and gym owner living in beautiful Cape Town, SA. After graduating from Stellenbosch University with her Bachelor’s degree in commerce, she began her journey of climbing the proverbial corporate ladder. During a time of great stress and overwhelm, Brigitta found the gift of yoga. Her yoga practice became a space where she could return home to herself, a quiet sanctuary for reflection and contemplation, for connecting with heart-felt intentions and returning to an awakened state of love, gratitude and joy. The body/ mind connection afforded to her through her yoga practice lead to Brigitta completing her 200hr Vinyasa yoga teacher training along with various other wellness based certifications including but not limited to a pre & post natal yoga teacher training, personal nutrition, catalyst facilitation, neuro-linguistic programming (NLP), and mindfulness. Brigitta’s style of teaching demonstrates a strong connection to the principals of mindfulness, self-awareness and the power of positive thinking. She is most passionate about empowering her student by awakening them to the present moment and reconnecting them with their innate personal power to choose a life of joy, connected by kindness, gratitude and understanding. A student at heart, Brigitta continues to grow and develop her understanding of the human mind and the power of conscious awareness. She believes that yoga offers us a space to come back to your power, which is always in the present moment. Yoga provides a place to practice consciously choosing where we place our attention, focus and thoughts. A space to disconnect from the incessant thoughts and judgements of yesterday, where we can release the habitual pattern of catastrophizing, and the need to constantly attempt to control the future. What started as a novel
A young girl has a far greater chance of being raped in South Africa, than learning to read. This horrific statistic brings home the reality of the country’s violent crime, specifically against females, and it’s time for every woman to act. This is why Mark Grobbelaar, founder of Women INpowerment (WIP) will be on hand to get you ‘boxing smart’ at this year’s Women’s Lifestyle Expo – brought to you by FMI – taking place at The LookOut on the 11-13 October 2019 After the rape and attempted murder of Alison Botha in 1994, her close friend, Mark Grobbelaar, was driven to make a difference…and so he developed WIP: “South Africa is the rape capital of the world with one woman raped every 20 seconds. Women need to get INpowered so that they don’t become yet another victim,” said Mark Grobbelaar. “WIP is an extremely simple yet remarkably effective self-INpowerment system that has been designed specifically for women.” Mark has outlined his top 5 rules for self-INpowerment: 1. Be prepared Every woman I’ve ever spoken to, when asked the question, ‘What would you do if you thought you were going to get raped or murdered?’ has either said: ‘I don’t know’, or ‘I think…’. As a woman, you need to learn to immobilise a man even twice your size before finding yourself in that situation. Be prepared. 2. Never underestimate anyone Just because a man – or woman – might seem physically less dominant than yourself, it’s important not to assume you will have the upper hand. We also often feel a social responsibility to take a more lenient approach with strangers, rather than risk a socially awkward situation. If you don’t feel comfortable, get
Irit Noble is a award-winning comedian, writer, singer, and speaker Irit Noble is a multi-talented entertainer. Known as an outspoken, irreverent comedian, her sass, style, and sultry singing voice have been part of the SA entertainment industry for a long, long time. Since before the internet, kids. Irit has a passion for working with women and has hosted and MC'd hundreds of corporate woman's events as well as private and public woman's shows and occasions focused on self-development, health, and sexual happiness. She was also Cosmopolitan's 2014 sex advice columnist. Her legendary career includes being the MC/Entertainer for the first Madame Zingara Theatre of Dreams, hosting SABC3's Comedy Showcase, hosting on Cape Talk/702 Talk Radio and 2OVradio.com, and writing the masthead column for The Argus and Sunday Star. Noble is a top corporate entertainer and comedy MC for mammoth events like MCQP, the Woman' Show expos, and Vaudeville Theatre Club, and her extensive list of high-profile clients includes Shell, Vodacom, Kulula, BMW, SABC Connect, Old Mutual, Santam, Cape Town Carnival and Pam Golding Properties.
Wenzile Madonsela- Msimanga is a democracy defender, an activist and studying towards her LLB and will pursue a Master’s degree in human Rights Law next. She served as the transformation officer at the Black Lawyers Association in 2015/16 and is currently Company Secretary and Chief Ambassador at the Thuli Madonsela Foundation which seeks to deepen and defend democracy through concerted dialogues, advocacy, research and training. At the young age of 20, she had already dabbled in politics too as the General Secretary and then later social welfare officer of the University of Pretoria branch of the EFF Student Command. During her term, her branch played an important role in the move towards the insourcing of university workers and the implementation of transformation policies during “Afrikaans must fall” campaign. She was also involved in the research required for Advocate T Madonsela’s book “Our time: No more tea makers”. While still pursuing her studies, Wenzile is committed to serving her community and relentlessly seeks social justice. She started a Woman’s Leadership Training programme called The Princess Chronicles. The programme trains young women on self-acceptance, living consciously, acting with integrity, living purposefully, being assertive and critically, successfully adapting to the digital revolution and functioning in a global village. Wenzile is a Co-Founder and Director at Unafundo Pty Ltd, which is a financial service consultancy that supports and develops businesses and entrepreneurs by providing services, skills transfer and an innovative approach to business. Financial and business literacy training is at the heart of Unafundo as it is a key tool for longevity and sustainability of business throughout the continent. Wenzile exhibits admirable work ethic– she has learnt the art of when to lead, to follow or accompany like- minded
Marlene Wasserman is an internationally trained and accredited Couple & Sex Therapist, Clinical Sexologist in Private Practice. For the last 20 years she has taught Sexual Medicine at the University of Cape Town, Medical School, and for many years was a key opinion leader to pharmaceutical companies, primarily Pfizer. Marlene was appointed as a WHO temporary advisor and has been a board member of WAS (World Association of Sexual Health) and ISSWSH (International Society of Women’s Sexual Health ) In 2019 she was nominated as the International Representative Member of the board of AASECT (American Association of Sex Educators, Counsellors and Therapists) which is the only international accrediting body globally. She lectures internationally on Cyber Infidelity, Complex Relationships in the Digital Age & Intimacy Trauma. Author of 4 books, she is a contributor to multiple media internationally, having positioned herself as an expert in Cyber Infidelity globally. Marlene has a medico legal practice as a Sexual Health Expert, specializing in medical negligence and personal injuries and is a member of the board of SAMLA(South African Medico Legal Association) and qualified medico legal mediator. In 2018 she was the consultant to the Department of Education , reviewing the sexuality thread for the 2020 Life Skills text books. As the founder of the Dr. Eve brand she has a strong media presence for the last 25 years, with her own weekly radio shows and television appearances. Currently she has a weekly live call in show on Radio 702 , with Eusebius McKaiser. Marlene is deeply invested in her store, offering highest quality brands of sexual health products, both in her store and online. Find her online daily on all social media platforms and in her store. www.dreve.co.za
Women’s Lifestyle Expo – brought to you by FMI – joins forces with the innovative online empowerment platform, ChangeMakersHub (CMH). The multisensory, multi-faceted Women’s Lifestyle Expo (#WLE2019) is taking over V&A Waterfront’s The LookOut in Cape Town from Friday, 11 October to Sunday, 13 October 2019. Founded by Capetonian social entrepreneur, Michelle Korevaar, CMH is a tech-enabled platform that profiles organisations which are making a difference in their communities. This non-profit organisation connects people who want to make a difference to the other organisations that are positively impacting various areas of society through charitable work. Helen Johns, co-founder of Women’s Lifestyle Expo, said the mission behind the event was to ‘help women thrive in all areas of their lives by connecting them to effective brands and services’. “By partnering with CMH, Women’s Lifestyle Expo can help give a voice to organisations that are working as agents of change,” explained Helen. “By profiling these organisations and individuals, we are sharing and celebrating these phenomenal stories, as well as providing them with a platform to reach others who are equally passionate about changing lives for the better.” At its core, CMH is driven by the Millennial Leadership Network, a peer-to-peer sharing network comprised of influencers, leaders and agents of change committed to activating solutions for worthwhile causes. The inclusive model leaves no-one behind, integrating the talents of driven change makers. The initiative has already received significant support, with endorsement from Premier of the Western province where the pilot project has commenced roll out. The partnership with #WLE2018 will pave the way for even more of an impact, nationally and further abroad. “Women are the natural care-takers of our families, friends and communities,” explained CMH founder, Michelle Korevaar.
“Joie De Vivre” meaning “exuberant enjoyment of life” is one way to describe Samantha Dollman. Having been involved in events and destination management for 4 years, Samantha is a passionate events manager who always aims to design an entertaining and sensational experience with a dynamic and eager approach. Samantha obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Film and Media Production at the University of Cape Town. She then did a post-graduate degree in Strategic Brand Management and Communication at the Vega School of Branding. Samantha was set on heading towards becoming a producer for television and production companies but her heart was rooted in events management. Samantha then started working at Mint Productions & Destinations in Cape Town for managing director of Mint and co-founder of the Women’s Lifestyle Expo, Helen Johns. Samantha saved up and also got the opportunity to travel around Europe on a Top deck Tour, which was one of her most unforgettable experiences. Having worked at Mint Productions, Samantha has grown tremendously and has learnt a lot from her peers and colleagues. Samantha has also gotten the opportunity to travel to various locations. One of her favourite is Botswana where she assists on the entertainment and backstage management for the Diacore Gaborone Marathon. In her free time, Samantha loves having a glass of rosé chatting to friends, cooking with her mom in the kitchen, making short video presentations for special occasions, walking her beloved Golden Retriever, Jack, in Tokai forest, and mountain bike riding with her cousins on the weekend.
Helen is a well-known and highly respected member of the South African events and destination management community. Having established and managed her own company for more than eight years, she is acknowledged as one of the foremost experts in her field. Helen obtained a Bachelor of Social Science degree from UCT, majoring in Industrial Psychology. She then went on to travel the world, buying homeware, and wholesaling to various prestigious homeware stores around the country. In 2001 Helen was asked to set up and head the events division for an advertising agency, Oscar Tango. With Diageo / Brandhouse as their main client, Helen executed over 100 events a year for brands like Johnny Walker, Bells, Captain Morgan, Tanqueray etc. In 2010 Helen decided to start her own agency called MINT Productions & Destinations - a full service events & destination management agency specializing in effective event management solutions and unforgettable experiences for leading corporations and discerning private clients. Helen’s passion for uplifting women led her to, with a partner, launch the Women’s Lifestyle Expo in 2014. The event focuses on empowering women through educational and informative talks, while also catering for their health, wealth and wellbeing. Helen heads up a dynamic team, many of whom have international experience. Together they offer a professional, hands-on approach and consistently provide their clients with a result that is within their means yet beyond their expectations. Over the past 10 years MINT has executed successful and extraordinary events for international clients all over Africa, including Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda and Mauritius. MINT is also the Southern African licensee for Quintessentially & Co Events, the world renowned luxury event management company. Clients include Facebook; Old Mutual; Nedbank; Entrepreneurs Organization; Criteo; Lucara
These #bossbabes are enthusiastic, hard-working and committed in their efforts to lead the business to success with bravery, empathy and excellence. Their desire is to create a progressive environment where creative thinking and collaboration solves problems and contributes to the overall success of the organisation. This inspiring group of women shows consideration and concern to fellow team mates and employees by leading with fairness and inclusiveness in everything they do. Here’s to FMI’s #bossbabes! Find out more about FMI by clicking on their website or following them on their social media pages: Website Facebook YouTube LinkedIn
Grace is a young, creative and passionate individual who fell in love with FMI's brand purpose after doing some consulting work for them in 2014. Formerly in the advertising industry, Grace now plays a key role in guiding FMI's brand and digital strategies. What made you join FMI? So my journey with FMI started on a freelance basis, where I was pulled onto the Defined Events new product launch about 2 weeks before launch. There after the relationship continued to grow, I soon began to see how special the company and people were. I am grateful I’m here and that I’m doing something I’m so incredibly passionate about. What achievement are you most proud of and why? There are many projects and initiatives I feel that I’ve been fortunate enough to drive or be a part of during my three odd years at FMI, so my top one would be: a renewed induction process. A full week of induction ensures every single employee becomes a proud FMI brand ambassador. I am proud of the impact this has had to our culture and how its grown our brand internally. What is the biggest lesson you learnt? It’s a cliché but – back myself. Often we know the answers and we just need to have the confidence to back them. Complimenting this lesson, I have also learned to make the most of my more senior, experienced peers – surround yourself with great mentors. Find out more about FMI by clicking on their website or following them on their social media pages: Website Facebook YouTube LinkedIn